Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind


If you are 55 or older and have a vision problem that makes everyday tasks difficult, Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind may be able to help you gain the confidence you need to live independently. Successful independent living training can help you:

  • Accomplish everyday tasks
  • Participate in your favorite activities
  • Communicate with family and friends
  • Gain a better understanding about your vision impairment
  • Get back confidence you may have lost

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The Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind Program provides services to consumers 55 and older:

  • Who have significant visual impairment
  • Whose ability to function independently in the home, family, or community is substantially limited due to visual impairment
  • For whom the delivery of independent living services will substantially improve their ability to function, continue functioning, or move toward functioning independently in the home, family, or community

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Depending on the individual need, the following services may be provided by TWC to eligible consumers:

  • Independent living skills training, provided in a consumer’s home or in the community
  • Orientation and mobility training
  • Low vision evaluations and low vision devices, including video magnification, hand-held magnifiers, and other identified devices
  • Diabetes education
  • Deafblind evaluations and equipment
  • Counseling on adjustment to blindness
  • Other services as necessary, such as ancillary services provided to support skills training

For more information about eligibility and services provided by TWC’s Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind Program, please use the following table to identify the staff contact in your area.

Offices located in the North and West areas of Texas: 

Office Name

Contact Name

Address/Phone #

Counties Served

Dallas Field Headquarters

Elissa Francis

6500 Greenville Ave, Ste 250
Dallas, TX 75206

Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman, Rockwall

El Paso Field Headquarters

Gladie Cruz

401 E Franklin, Ste 240
El Paso, TX 79901

Brewster, Culberson, El Paso, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Presidio

Odessa Field Office

Janice Herrera

3016 Kermit Hwy, Ste A
Odessa, TX 79764-7307

Andrews, Crane, Ector, Glasscock, Howard, Loving, Martin, Midland, Pecos, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Ward, Winkler

Fort Worth Field Headquarters

Donna Sanchez

2400 Circle Dr, Ste 200
Fort Worth, TX 76119

Cooke, Denton, Erath, Hood, Jack, Johnson, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somervell, Tarrant, Throckmorton, Wise, Young

San Angelo Field Office

Candice Lewis

622 S Oakes, Ste D
San Angelo, TX. 76903-7013

Coke, Coleman, Concho, Crockett, Irion, Kimble, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Reagan, Runnels, San Saba, Schleicher, Sterling, Sutton, Tom Green

Wichita Falls Field Office

Justin Spurgers

3709 Gregory St, Ste 102
Wichita Falls, TX 76308-1624

Archer, Baylor, Clay, Cottle, Foard, Hardeman, Knox, Wichita, Wilbarger

Lubbock Field Headquarters

Teresa Berger

5121 69th St, Ste A-5
Lubbock, TX 79424-1631

Bailey, Borden, Cochran, Crosby, Dawson, Dickens, Floyd, Gaines, Garza, Hale, Hockley, Kent, King, Lamb, Lynn, Lubbock, Motley, Terry, Yoakum

Abilene Field Office

Elaine Brooks

4601 S First, Ste M
Abilene, TX 79605
P.O. Box 521
Abilene, TX 79604-0521

Brown, Callahan, Comanche, Eastland, Fisher, Haskell, Jones, Mitchell, Nolan, Scurry, Shackelford, Stephens, Stonewall, Taylor

Amarillo Field Office

Courtney Greer

28 Western Plaza Dr
Amarillo, TX 79109

Armstrong, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Childress, Collingsworth, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Donley, Gray, Hall, Hansford, Hartley, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Moore, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, Swisher, Wheeler

Tyler Field Headquarters

Karen Guay

1121 E SE Loop 323, Ste 106
Tyler, TX 75701-9660

Anderson, Cherokee, Delta, Franklin, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Panola, Rains, Rusk, Smith, Upshur, Van Zandt, Wood

Lufkin Field Office

Reena Jones-Washington

3201 S Medford Dr, #5
Lufkin, TX 75901-5796

Angelina, Houston, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby

Texarkana Field Office

Whitney Carr

410 Baylor St, Ste C
Texarkana, TX 75501-3290

Bowie, Camp, Cass, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Red River, Titus

Waco Field Headquarters

Delores Griggs-Myles

801 Austin Ave, Ste 710
Waco, TX 76701-1937

Bell, Bosque, Coryell, Falls, Freestone, Hamilton, Hill, Lampasas, Limestone, McLennan, Mills, Navarro

Bryan College Station Field Office

Crystal Stark

1115-A Welsh Ave
College Station, TX 77840-6906

Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Lee, Leon, Madison, Milan, Robertson, Walker, Washington

Offices located in the South and East areas of Texas:

Office Name

Contact Name

Address/Phone #

Counties Served

Austin Field Headquarters

David Miars, Brenda Hathaway

6400 E Hwy 290, Ste 300
Austin, TX 78723

Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Llano, Travis, Williamson

Corpus Christi Field Headquarters

Sulema Aguillon,
Eileen Longoria

410 South Padre Island Dr, Ste 103
Corpus Christi, TX 78405-4122

Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Live Oak, McMullen, Nueces, San Patricio

Victoria Field Office

Sulema Aguillon

4102 N Navarro St, Ste D2
Victoria, TX 77901-4116

Calhoun, Colorado, Dewitt, Fayette, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Karnes, Lavaca, Matagorda, Refugio, Victoria, Wharton

Harlingen Field Headquarters

Macarena Pena,
Maribel Candanoza

1812 W Jefferson
Harlingen, TX 78550-5247

Cameron, Willacy

McAllen Field Office

Macarena Pena

801 Nolana, Ste 115
McAllen, TX 78504-3023

Hidalgo, Starr

Laredo Field Office

Mary Trejo

4611 Foster Ave
Laredo, TX 78041

Dimmit, Jim Hogg, La Salle, Maverick, Webb, Zapata, Zavala

Houston Field Headquarters

Benigno Aceves

427 W 20th, Ste 407
Houston, TX 77008-2430

Austin, Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery, Waller

San Antonio Field Headquarters

Maxine Tate,
Carlos Munoz

4241 Woodcock Dr, Ste A 105
San Antonio, TX 78228-1324

Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Edwards, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Kendall, Kerr, Kinney, Medina, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde, Wilson

Southeast Field Headquarters

Julio Leal

10060 Fuqua
Houston, TX 77089-1337

Brazoria, Galveston, Harris

Beaumont Field Office

Fernando Rivera

5550 Eastex Fwy, Ste D
Beaumont, TX 77708

Chambers, Hardin, Jefferson, Liberty, Orange


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Other Independent Living Services

The Health and Human Services Commission provides a broad array of independent living services to people of all ages and with all disabilities through the network of Centers for Independent Living.  TWC is working closely with these Centers to ensure a smooth referral process and non-duplication of services.  For more information, contact the Health and Human Services Commission’s Independent Living Services.

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